Outtakes from CD 14: CLARTS Fund Transparency Held Hostage, Day 46 and other CD 14 News
Today marks Day 46 of the CLARTS Fund Transparency Crisis in CD 14. It seems that our esteem Councilman Jose Huizar, fancies himself as being above the law, in this case the California Public Records Act.
As we have reported in previous "Outtakes from CD 14" posts, Carlos Morales, Editor and Publisher of The Voice Newspaper, made a Public Records Act request to Councilman Huizar's Chief of Staff Ana Cubas, pertaining to the status of the CLARTS Fund. This request was part of a story that I wrote for The Voice regarding the CLARTS Fund, in the March Edition of the paper.
We are now on Day 46 since we requested these documents and still Councilman Huizar continues to violate the integrity of the California Public Records Act. This disregard for the law, now has carry over to a Downtown LA pocket park proposal being spearheaded by Councilman Huizar.
Los Angeles Garment and Citizen Newspaper Editor Jerry Sullivan, reports in the paper's latest edition that his Public Records Act request, regarding the Prop 84 grant application for the proposed park, has been rejected.
Officials of the State of California recently issued a formal denial of a request by the Garment & Citizen for a copy of the grant application submitted by the City of Los Angeles as part of a $6.6 million plan to purchase a 0.7-acre parcel of land at 9th and Hill streets and turn it into a park.
State officials have confirmed that some price or estimated price for the land was included in the application for a grant to help pay for the project, which is being spearheaded by 14th District Los Angeles City Councilmember Jose Huizar.
The refusal by both city and state officials to disclose details that would indicate how much of the $6.6 million would go to purchase the parcel of land at 9th and Hill streets—and how much would be used to pay for amenities such as a performance stage, a play area, “fitness stations” and other features on the site—has raised concerns among some community members. Critics say the lack of specific information leaves them with insufficient information to judge whether the plan is feasible or desirable.
Strange, this is the same lack of specific information pertaining to the CLARTS Fund, that is causing a growing number of CD 14 activists, to wonder what has become of the community amenities fund created by former Councilman Nick Pacheco....... and maybe the truth on what Councilman Huizar has done with the money, is an undesirable political liability for Jose........
OTHER CD 14 NEWS:
** Can we consider this a barometer of Councilman Huizar's standing in the Boyle Heights Community? Unofficial tallies form last Thursday's Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council Elections has consummate community activist/gadfly/friend of Mayor Sam, Jose Aguilar, pulling a "Scott Brown" on reigning Boyle Heights NC President Sal Martinez. No word whether Councilman Huizar has called Aguilar to offer his congratulations.
** Results for the rest of Region G's Neighborhood Council Elections, can be seen by linking here.
** This story on the "growing pains" of the "connected non-profit" Legacy LA, will surely cause one to shed a tear for this political creation. But don't feel too bad for Legacy LA's Executive Director Lou Calanche, she may had won her first election after three tries, by getting elected to the Lincoln Heights Neighborhood Council. USC and her friend David Galaviz will surely be glad to have someone back on the LHNC, to push their agenda.
** Something interesting from our former CD 14 brethren in Lincoln Heights. It seems that "Mr. Lincoln Heights" realtor and friend of Art Snyder, Steve Kasten, has form a "Business Improvement District" or BID for short, in Lincoln Heights.
If anyone wanted to work one day a week and make $5,000 a month, then this BID is for you, from the LH BID minutes.
d. Executive Director contract
Misty left the room as her contract was discussed. Wiilliam expressed satisfaction with her expertise and said she is worth every penny of $5000/month. Sevin pointed out that since she is only working part time for us perhaps she should receive less compensation. Steve suggested a survey of compensation for executive directors. He has expressed to Misty that the meeting notices should be mailed earlier and that they should go out to all the people on the sign-in sheets. Steve has donated office space in his building. Discussion: should Misty be expected to spend a specific amount of time there to give a public face to the BID? Perhaps one or two days. William wondered whether we should tie her down for two days a week but one day seems reasonable. The consensus was that one day and other times by appointment would be about right. MOTION: Approve executive director contract with Misty Iwatsu for $5000/month requiring one regular business day a week at the office and other times by appointment. Either party may cancel the contract with 30 days written notice. Moved: Wad a/2nd Aparicio. VOTE: unanimous. Motion passed.
Was it one of these types of deals that former Lincoln Heights Chamber of Commerce President Steve Lampson, stumble upon in his duties at the Chamber, that cause Steve Kasten to initiate a coup which removed Lampson as President?
Scott Johnson in CD 14